Ultrasound offers a real-time look into different parts of your body, such as organs, tissues and vessels. It’s also used to guide some medical procedures such as breast or thyroid biopsy as well as our VenaCure laser treatment for varicose veins. At Imaging Associates, you’ll find friendly, experienced sonographers and amazing new 3D/4D technology for unsurpassed diagnostic accuracy.
What you should know
What Is an Ultrasound?
Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, is a painless medical test that involves using high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation (X-ray). Because ultrasound images are captured in real time, they can show both the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through vessels.
What are the advantages of ultrasound?
- There is no ionizing radiation (X-rays) involved in ultrasound imaging.
- Visualization of body structures is in real time — the sonographer can scan and view the structures at the same time. This real-time ability makes it possible to view moving structures, assess blood flow and evaluate structures at that precise moment.
How do I prepare for my ultrasound?
For many exams no preparation is needed. However, if your abdomen is being evaluated, you may be instructed not to eat or drink for four to eight hours before your exam. For pelvic and first trimester Obstetric exams, you’ll be asked to drink several glasses (32 oz.) of water one hour before your exam and avoid urinating so that your bladder is full during the exam. For kidney exams, plan on drinking 20 oz. of water, finish it one hour before your exam, and do not urinate. For any ultrasound exam, you should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, and you may be asked to change into a robe or gown.
What should I expect during my ultrasound?
At Imaging Associates, a friendly, highly skilled registered diagnostic medical sonographer — trained and registered in several specialty fields — will perform your ultrasound.
The sonographer will help you position yourself comfortably on an exam bed, and then apply warm clear gel to your skin in the area to be examined (The gel is used as a coupling agent between the transducer and your body because ultrasound waves travel poorly through air). The sonographer will move the transducer back and forth over your skin to get the visual images needed.
How do I get the results?
A final report, produced by one of Alaska Radiology Associate’s local specialized radiologists, will be available for most exams within two hours. Questions about your results should be directed to your referring health care provider. For any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us directly.